“He Was Proud of Me” – Mark Henry Reveals Vince McMahon’s Reaction After His Move to AEW

Published 06/08/2021, 9:45 AM EDT

WWE Hall of Famer Mark Henry joined AEW at their Double or Nothing PPV. Henry has been a WWE loyalist and has been with the company throughout his in-ring career. That’s why, many wondered how WWE Chairman Vince McMahon reacted to the news.


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Henry recently appeared on Sports Guys Talking Wrestling podcast to discuss the same. ‘The World’s Strongest Man’ finally revealed what Vince’s reaction was when he first got to know about the shift.

The reaction might shock fans, as according to Henry, Vince was “proud” of Mark. Vince initially said that he would hate to lose Henry as he knew AEW would be great for him. Yet, at the same time, McMahon did not want to hold Henry back.


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“I said, ‘Well I would have liked to have done it there but I’ve already made up my mind to leave now,’ and he was like, ‘Brother go for it, man. You can do it,’” Henry recalled Vince saying.

“He was proud of me for making the move and having the b***s to say, ‘You know what? Imma bet on myself,’ because I’ve never had a safety net in my life. Every step that I’ve ever taken has been on a high wire. It was either fly or fail and I’ve had a lot of success. I’ve flown many, many times and now I’m gonna be flying for AEW.”

It was announced that Mark Henry would join the commentary team for AEW’s new weekly show AEW Rampage, starting on August 13. Apart from his commentary duty, Henry would also serve as a coach for new AEW talents.

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Will the fans see Mark Henry in a match?

The 49-year-old teased an in-ring return last year. Although he has signed up with AEW in a non-wrestling role, the sports guys asked him if he would wrestle in AEW.

“Well definitely. If I’m gonna do a match, I’m gonna do a match with AEW,” Henry assured the fans.

“I mean, whether it’s the first one, the second one, or however many I feel like I got left in me. Definitely, I’m gonna be there.”

LOS ANGELES, CA – August 17: Professional wrestler Mark Henry speaks onstage during the WWE & The Creative Coalition’s “Be A STAR” Anti-Bullying Rally at Markham Middle School on August 17, 2012, in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images)

Mark Henry’s long-time friend and on-screen nemesis, Big Show, also became a part of AEW earlier this year.


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Similarly, Big Show would also serve as a commentator for AEW’s new YouTube series AEW Dark: Elevation, but he would also occasionally compete as an in-ring performer.

Would you want to see Big Show vs Mark Henry in AEW as well? Let us know in the comments below.


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Angana Roy is a WWE and AEW author for EssentiallySports, having published more than 800 professional wrestling articles. She is currently pursuing higher studies in English language and literature from the University of Calcutta and has over three years of experience in journalism. As a life-long fan of the sports entertainment brand of pro-wrestling, her work consists of live coverage of weekly shows, PPVs, speculating the future course of storylines and everything in between.